Our Saturday & Sunday seminars at the Chattanooga RV Show went well. We met lots of wonderful people and got to visit again with others that we have met before.
But after two and a half weeks away from our RV, we were certainly ready to get home. I don't think we could've done a fourth straight weekend of RV shows.
I usually schedule flights in the middle of the day, but the best I could do from Chattanooga to Jacksonville was 7:00 a.m. We got up around 4:30 to get packed and ready. Weather was pretty bad overnight in several parts of the country, so there were airport delays everywhere. Our flight was delayed about 25 minutes, so we had plenty of time to drop off our rental car and check our bags. And as long as the flight left at the new departure time, we would still make our connection in Atlanta.
But the Delta counter was backed up and moving slowly. People who had flights canceled the night before were trying to get re-booked, and they were even sending shuttle buses to Atlanta to try to make connections. We stood in line for almost an hour, and many of our fellow passengers were getting quite grumpy.
Finally, we got our bags checked and still had plenty of time to make our flight. We got in line at the gate waiting to board, but then the departure time passed. Apparently, there was no flight crew. A pilot arrived, walked down the skyway, and then came back saying "I can't fly that plane".
Then another flight crew arrived. As it turned out, our plane was at a different gate. So we all had to move. Finally we boarded. We left the gate an hour and a half after our original departure time.
We arrived in Atlanta and hustled to make our connection. We missed it by about five minutes. But I'll give Delta credit. They automatically booked us on the next flight to Jacksonville which was just a few gates away and leaving in an hour.
We made it to Jacksonville and our luggage arrived on the same flight, so it turned out okay. But we were tired from our early morning wake-up and the stress of flight delays and schedule changes.
It was a little chilly in Jacksonville and the sky was gray. We hunkered down in our rig, and went to bed before 8:00. Time to rest up.
We'll have a little over a week before we fly out again for back-to-back RV shows in Ohio. Flying is a hassle and staying in hotels is no fun, but we really enjoy doing the RV shows and meeting all the great people. Plus we get paid to do something we love. Not a bad deal at all. :)